Brooklyn Building Collapses After Car Crashes Into It, at Least 1 Hurt

WNBC 4 - May 08, 2019

by Benjamin Carroll

Officials say one person was taken to an area hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

A car crashed into a building that then collapsed into a pile of rubble in Brooklyn late Monday, injuring at least one person, officials say.

More than 100 firefighters rushed to the building collapse on Avenue P, near East Fifth Street, in Midwood at around 11:30 p.m, according to the FDNY.

Fire officials say one person, the 20-year-old driver of the car that crashed into the building, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Officials say the driver, identified by police as Andrew Baird, tried to flee the area after the crash, but was quickly caught.

Baird faces charges including criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police. His attorney information wasn't immediately available Tuesday.

No other injuries to residents or bystanders were reported. A now-closed business was on the first floor with apartments on the second floor, but nobody was home. Photos on social media show the building completely crumpled.

The Red Cross said they provided housing assistance for one family in the building. News 4 has reached out to the Department of Buildings for comment.